En 2011 devient l'actionnaire majoritaire du groupe à la suite d'une OPA amicale.En 2000, Marc Simoncini cède sa participation dans la société d’hébergement de pages personnelles IFrance (entreprise qu’il a fondée) à Vivendi (alors dirigée par Jean-Marie Messier). Selon Marc Simoncini, l’idée du site lui est venue au cours d’un dîner auquel participaient trois amis divorcés.En 2008 Meetic lance Meetic Affinity puis conclut un accord portant sur l'acquisition des activités Europe de, en 2009. Meetic a une trésorerie positive de 40,6 millions d'euros.Un accord est trouvé avec son nouvel actionnaire Match/IAC ( qui détient 26,8 % du capital et 21,1 % des droits de vote.He suddenly realised that the internet could be the perfect way of meeting other singletons but when he searched for an online agency to join, he could only find a couple of companies, based in America.Having spotted a gap in the market, Darren decided to do something about it and Dating was born.Chaque utilisateur Meetic ayant confirmé sa présence peut venir accompagné de trois célibataires qui ne font pas encore partie de la communauté Meetic.

His persistence and drive has led him from humble beginnings to one of the UK's leading dotcom millionaires.After starting and running an import company, Darren founded the online dating service Dating, which he eventually sold for £30 million...It was at the start of the dotcom boom when Darren hit on the idea of setting up a dating service after idly surfing the web having come out of a long-term relationship.Darren now divides his time between the UK and Tenerife, where he has business interests ranging from bars and clubs to holiday villas and apartments.When in the UK, Darren likes to fly his helicopter and finds enjoyment in indulging his passion for motor sports as well as driving his collection of supercars.

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